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Saturday, 8 November 2014

Between the Penny Dropping and the Penny Landing by Roddy Lumsden

The things we want most we will never have.

We learned this when we overheard the song
of a slant moon which wraps the land below,
which courts significance in every corner,
spreads the blueshift, ekes the silver rose

and finds the coin, mid-fall, which will decide
the night for us: the half-chance sounding lower
than a cat step or a spinning leaf or raindrops
meeting on a skylight. Moonlight hones

the bidden street. While the penny spins,
pale beams catch on a lost key in a nest,
roll over roofs and drop into the alley,
and we are shadows in that alley. Only

when I used up all my nos did I say yes.

From: http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poems/between-penny-dropping-and-penny-landing

Date: 2009

By: Roddy Lumsden (1966- )